At one point in his career Defensive End Robert Quinn was considered to be one of the most feared pass rushers in the entire NFL. That time of course was thought to be behind him at this point in his career, but that doesn’t appear to be the case by the way he’s playing so far with the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite missing the first two games of the 2019 season due to a suspension, Robert Quinn is leading the Dallas Cowboys in quarterback sacks (3). Quinn has been the main beneficiary of all the extra attention DeMarcus Lawrence is receiving. Lawrence is facing double teams and chip blocks on a regular basis, and rightfully so. He is still one of the best DEs in the game today, despite what his stats may suggest.
I know a lot of you are expecting a lot more from DeMarcus Lawrence considering the large amount of money he just received from the Dallas Cowboys. But, make no mistake, he’s doing his job and doing it really well. It’s one of the reasons why Robert Quinn is currently on pace to challenge his career-high in QB sacks (19).
You would have to go back several years, but Robert Quinn was a serious contender in 2013 of breaking the single-season QB sack record. Averaging a sack and a half a game so far this season puts him in that ballpark once again. If he continues on his current pace he’s looking at finishing this year with 18 sacks.
Putting up that many QB sacks in a single season is a tough feat to accomplish for any player, especially from one who hasn’t had a double-digit sack season since 2014. That’s what makes what Robert Quinn is doing that much more impressive. He is playing at an extremely high level right now and for the sake of the Dallas Cowboys we all hope he can keep it up.
It’s a little difficult to believe Quinn can continue on his current pace. Opposing teams are going to have to start accounting for him on a regular basis just like they do with DeMarcus Lawrence. That may end up negating the amount of QBs he puts in the dirt, but it should help create more favorable matchups for other players along the Cowboys defensive line.
As much as I hope Robert Quinn continues on his current pace at sacking opposing QBs, I think I have to be realistic a drop-off is likely coming in the near future. I wouldn’t be surprised however he still ends up having a double-digit sack season, maybe just not the career-high his current pace would suggest.
Regardless of the number of QB sacks Robert Quinn ends up accumulating this year I think we can all agree he’s been well worth the sixth-round draft pick the Cowboys sent to the Dolphins. All we can do now is hope and pray he can continue to be just as effective as he is now throughout the entire season.